Monthly Archives: April 2015

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Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground Pools

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Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground Pools

Swimming pools are awesome and some people greatly prefer in-ground pools over the above ground pools options. Today we’ll talk about each type to help you decide which one to add to your home this summer! For more information check out this article as well as this one.

No matter what pool you choose, contact Pool Daddy for your pool repair , weekly cleaning, maintenance, and more. No pool is self-cleaning and any pool can come across issues.

In-Ground pools:

Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground PoolsThis style is very popular and can increase home value in many ways. The initial investment may cost a hefty amount but if you plan on selling it can increase your property value due to the water-feature which is pleasing to the eye and the recreation uses will also increase the home value.

In-ground pools can be pricey. The installation cost is usually pretty steep as is the cost of filling or emptying the pool, chemical cost, and replacing water removed from evaporation. Cleaning and maintenance can also seem costly ( Pool Daddy offers pool cleaning and maintenance for reasonable and affordable prices, by the way). Areas that allow for year round use of a pool can make the investment seem more useful but it will cost more than closing the pool for the winter.

In-ground pools are amazing, however. You have tons of options regarding size, shape, tile colors and patterns, lining styles, cover styles, accessories, decking or paving materials, and more. Concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass are the most common options for in-ground pools. Wall panels have even more options like different metals, plastics, wood, and more. Concrete tends to run for higher prices than vinyl and vinyl offers a variety of patterns while concrete offers higher customizability as shape goes.

Keeping up with modern equipment for pools (filters, heaters, pumps, etc) are a great way to keep your pool costs down and regular maintenance, though it may seem costly, can save hundreds on pool repairs by catching problems early.

In-ground pools can be considered dangerous for young ones and animals if they are unsupervised or have easy access to the pool. A way to combat this is locked gates kids and animals can’t get through.

Above Ground Pools:

Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground PoolsAbove ground pools options are usually very quick to install and have a low startup cost. It can take only a matter of days (as opposed to a week or longer for in-ground) to install a pool of this style. Fancier options include deck, fence, and railing options for an additional cost, increasing the visual appeal of the pool.

Like in-ground pools, above-ground pools can be heated or you can allow the sun to do the heating for you for less money (but with less heat in the pool).

This style of pool is much less permanent than the in-ground option, so it does not add value to your home. Even if you’ve worked this pool into your deck and landscape of your home it does not increase the home value. They also are not as deep as in-ground pools can be. The typical depth is between 48 and 52 inches deep; meaning not safe for diving and they often do not have a “shallow” end.

Sizes and shapes can vary for these pools, but they are usually less customizable than in-ground varieties. Ovals and circles are the common shapes for above-ground pools but they come in various sizes. It is a good way to introduce a pool to your family, especially if you cannot add an in-ground unit to your home due to zoning, construction laws, or property restrictions (like rentals).

Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground PoolsDue to the impermanence of an above-ground pool, you can (usually) take it with you if/when you move! So if you don’t plan on staying in a home for long but you still want the cooling fun of a pool you can opt for the above ground option.

Above-ground pools still need maintenance, but depending on the equipment you have installed you may have less maintenance needed. Ladders or steps and filters are necessary but heaters are options. Many of these pool owners opt to use rain water or hose water (or a truck) to fill their pools, decreasing the need for a pump (but you can still have one installed).

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Swimming Pool Owner must know some important things..

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Swimming Pool OwnerSwimming Pool Owner

Whether you’re a seasoned swimming pool owner or a first-timer there’s some things you should know. Lesser pool companies don’t care what you know and will use that to their advantage; but not Pool Daddy! We want you to know as much as you can about your pool for it to last a long time and for you to be happy with your fun investment. So this week we’ll talk about some things to keep in mind in regards to your swimming pool.

  1. Don’t just choose any pool cleaning or maintenance company. All technicians should be able to clean and repair when needed. If they can’t perform a repair, they should be able to direct you to someone within their company who can do so. For extreme cases, a third party may need to be contacted, but not usually.
  2. Weekly maintenance is very important. A swimming pool that has gone 2 or 3 weeks without a good cleaning could turn green—a nightmare for any conscious swimming pool owner. It’s not just about color, either, the algae can have harmful bacteria in it, putting you and your family at health risks.
  3. Maintaining your pool will increase the lifespan—not maintaining it can decrease it significantly. You may think “I don’t need maintenance every week, I can live with a slightly decreased lifespan to save money” but that’s not a good way to think. Not maintaining your swimming pool properly could decrease the lifespan of the entire swimming pool (or at least several of the components) by half! It can get as low as 25% of the intended lifespan if you take little to no effort in keeping it running. Cleaning, filter changes, and more are important!
  4. Not all pumps are created equal. We’ve talked about pool pumps before here at Pool Daddy, and we’d like to remind you that an old pump may be causing you insane costs on your electric bill! In the long run it’s always cheaper to upgrade to a more energy efficient pump! The older the pump, the more likely it is to be draining power!
  5. Swimming Pool OwnerSalt-Water swimming pools are not maintenance free. Salesmen may try to convince you of that, but there’s still some upkeep involved like cleaning and equipment maintenance. They are also a little trickier to fill and empty, so consult the city before filling or draining your saltwater swimming pool (and even your traditional chlorine pool in most cases). They offer cost and health benefits but they are not maintenance free, no matter who tries to tell you otherwise.
  6. Sun is nice, but can cause extra maintenance for your swimming pool. Direct sunlight causes the chlorine in your swimming pool to dissipate, which is why you need to check the chlorine and pH levels regularly in your swimming pool to keep everything running smoothly. There are slow-dissolving alternatives to basic chlorine methods and other additives to help pools in direct sunlight. Ask your pool technician about care for pools in that situation.
  7. Not all products are created equal. Cleaning products and chlorine alternatives may be pushing for the “eco-friendly” moniker but that doesn’t mean they’re as effective or do as they say. There may be efficient alternatives what may be better for the environment, but consult your technician and do your research before overhauling your chemical list to “green” alternatives. They may lead to increased maintenance and unneeded costs.
  8. Swimming Pool OwnerPrice check, compare rates, and ask about discounts when choosing a pool company. Pool Daddy has the best prices around, but feel free to check with other companies before using us or even if you’ve used our services a while. If you can show us lower prices for the same services we may be able to work something out. Some companies overcharge—but not Pool Daddy!
  9. You can do a lot of your pool maintenance and cleaning yourself, in all honesty. It’s possible to clean your own pool in the amount of time we take, but who wants to keep all that equipment on hand and take the time out of their day? Sure, you could train yourself and use tutorials for green-pool cleaning or general maintenance but that’s time you could use enjoying your swimming pool instead of cleaning it. So hire the professionals for a great clean every time.
  10. Pool Daddy is the place for weekly pool maintenance as well as installation assistance, emergency repairs, and more.

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Pool Party Ways to Use Pool in April and May

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Pool Party Ways on Holidays

It’s not quite summer but you’re itching for pool parties and days lounging on pool rafts. Don’t worry, there’s always an excuse to throw a pool party!

Pool PartyCinco de Mayo

May 5th is a Mexican holiday. It’s also a great excuse to throw a pool party (just like St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to throw a pool party with green beer and funny hats). Bring your friends and neighbors and family members by to have a Cinco de Mayo pool party with tequila and tacos and sombreros.

Mother’s Day (May 10)

Invite your mother to your home for a day of pool party fun. Be it lounging in the pool, playing with the kids, or even a spa day in your Jacuzzi she’ll love it!

Graduations, Birthdays, and More

Kids are graduating high school and college in the coming months. Save on a venue and house cleaning by throwing a pool party instead! Same goes for birthday parties of all ages! Skip Chuck-E-Cheese and stay at home with a pool party. Stock up on sodas, snacks, and pool party toys and let them have at it.

Pool PartyEarth Day (April 22)

Turn off all lights in your home for several hours of the day and appreciate the beauty that is outside for earth day. Serve salad, fruit, and other food options that require little preparation and cool storage. Same goes for Arbor Day (April 24) only maybe throw in some potted trees or plant a tree in your neighborhood before or after the swimming and nature-appreciation.

Memorial Day (May 25)

It’s a bit early to be talking about this, but bring over your veteran friends and family to swim around in the pool or veg out in the hot tub to show them your appreciation.

No matter how you use your pool this spring, do it right by making sure everything is running smooth. Our weekly pool services can include inspections, cleaning, filter checks, and more. It’s important to make sure your pool, hot tub, or Jacuzzi is running smoothly at all time for the longevity of the equipment as well as the safety of the users and home. Schedule your regular visits now and have everything running smooth and perfect by the time temperatures start staying towards 100 degrees every day.

Pool PartyIf you still haven’t dewinterized your pool, we can help you with that. Call today to schedule the reopening of your public or personal pool and schedule our weekly service. We’ll catch what needs to be replaced, repaired, cleaned, or flushed so that’s one less thing for you to worry about and you’ll be one step closer to an open pool that’s fun and safe for everyone.

So stock up on those pool party toys and pool-friendly snacks because it’ll only get warmer from here! Let’s get those pools working at max capacity and with little to no stress on you.

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Hot Tub Proper Ways of Cleaning

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Hot TubClean Hot Tub is a Happy Hot Tub

Hot tub are nice year round, especially on cool desert nights! Just like a pool, hot tub need to be properly cleaned and maintained for maximum efficiency and comfort. Luckily, cleaning a spa or tub doesn’t require using as much water as a pool. Filling a spa after a cleaning might take an hour or so, whereas a pool filling up could take an entire day! So regularly cleaning your hot tubs is a great idea because less water is in the unit and less is needed to fill it. A little grime in a pool is not as noticeable as the same amount of grime in a hot tub. Today we’ll talk about some ways you can clean that tub to keep it fresh and beautiful.

Minimal cleaning: Baking soda can be used on the surface area when the issue is minor. This shouldn’t be used for the entire tub, and not for mold or mildew.

Hot TubWhole hot tubs: Using a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft scrubbing tool (nylon, for example) to remove grime is very effective and will not damage the unit. Various cleaners can be used for this.

Vinyl Cover: Rinse the cover with a hose before applying a soap solution (small amount of dish washing detergent to water), baking soda, or store bought cleaner in circular motions with a sponge. Avoid using soap for the bottom of the cover. Thoroughly rinse all of the dirt and soap off of the cover before replacing. You can also buy products to protect and seal the covers to prevent some build up.

Hot TubFilters: Roughly once a month it is useful to remove and clean your spa filter cartridges. You can spray them with a hose to remove most debris between the filter pleats. There are many filter cleaner products on the market you can try as well to keep them working at their best capacity. Some filters need to be changed every 3 years, as cleaning them will only do so much. Ask your filter provider or pool technician for advice on when to change your filters (3 years is common).

Replacing the water: Soap from cleaning, your body, and other contaminants can make your hot tub water look dingy and feel off. Replacing it is a good way to keep your tub clean and filters working optimally, since they can’t filter out everything. Follow the instructions given to you by the tub provider and consider water regulations in your area.

pH levels: Any time your spa is unattended for some time, check the pH levels before entering the tub. Levels too high or low can cause damage to the tub or users.

For more tips, read this article for ideas on which products to use to prolong the life of your tub, filter, and more. As always, you can have Pool Daddy check your pool or spa weekly (or as per your request) for a reasonable cost to keep your investments properly working and your life stress free.

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